To check that we were on the right track with our encouragement, we invited customers to complete Haith's COVID-19 bird feeding survey and the results showed that more than 99% of those who completed the survey, felt that feeding the birds helped them stay connected to nature. It’s wonderful to know that during such a challenging time that nature continues to be a comfort.
However, with autumn's natural flush in full flow, we'd like to introduce you to a new project ‘Make Nature Your Playground’ to encourage more of us to get outdoors and consider the colours as we morph from late summer to early autumn and beyond. If you can get out and about and share what you see with us and others, we'd want to see and hear from you; however, failing that (because we appreciate mobility isn’t easy these days) we'll bring the best of autumn and winter to you as we see it unfold in the shape of changing colours, insects and birds' comings and goings.
So, here it is: ‘Make Nature Your Playground’.
Stay tuned to Haith's because we’re planning to provide information on what to look out for during the autumn/winter months and suggest activities to participate in. Our project is inclusive to all age groups in any setting. Regardless of your household size or social bubble, nature is for all to admire and we’d love for you to get involved.
We're going to take a step into the unknown, though, and join up with the "Armchair Naturalists podcast" team to talk about the project in more detail -https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/podcast-episode-8-make-nature-your-playground-consider/id1504558863?i=1000495394001&itsct=podcast_box&itscg=30200
You'll be able to listen online or download the podcasts as we talk about the project in more detail and explain what to look out for as you're making nature your playground. We'll also be bringing nature news to you from around the world.
The first podcast is available at thefrightenedfaceofnature.com– please have a listen and let us have your questions for the next broadcast, please.
Our first theme is to “Consider the Colours” and what a great place to start our Make Nature Your Playground campaign!
John Keats "Ode to Autumn" is a prime example of the wonderful seasonal changes that are taking place outside our windows;
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells.
Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep,
Drows'd with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.
Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.
With autumn upon us there are so many different types of leaves, colours, and shapes to marvel. Keep an eye out for our forthcoming email campaigns for inspiration and ideas for future themes.